Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance
The Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance (KVHA) is a broad based public/private coalition that was founded in 1995 by the Kansas Rural Center, the Kansas Land Trust, and the National Park Service. Its purpose is to promote greater awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of the cultural and natural resources of the Kansas River (Kaw) Valley. From the three founding groups, the Alliance has expanded its list of partners to include other nonprofit organizations, businesses, along with representatives of local, state and federal agencies.
All partners of the Alliance have endorsed a Vision Statement that guides the actions and work of the Alliance:
The people of the Kaw Valley will maintain a strong sense of place and community. The Valley will be a land of farms and families, of neighborhoods, towns and cities. It will be a place where industry and business thrive; where natural and historical places are preserved; and where clean, healthy rivers and streams support aquatic life and offer recreational opportunities. People will build consensus for resource conservation and will promote responsible use of air, water, and land, while supporting a healthy economy.